United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

459th ACRS Full Committee Meeting

REVISED: January 28, 1999

SCHEDULE AND OUTLINE FOR DISCUSSION
459th ACRS MEETING
FEBRUARY 3-6, 1999

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1999, CONFERENCE ROOM 2B3, TWO WHITE FLINT NORTH,
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND

1)   8:30 -  8:45 A.M.   Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman (Open)

                         1.1) Opening statement (DAP/JTL/SD)
                         1.2) Items of current interest (DAP/NFD/SD)
                         1.3) Priorities for preparation of ACRS reports (DAP/JTL/SD)


2)   8:45 - 10:15 A.M.   Status of the Proposed Final Revision to 10 CFR 50.59 (Changes, tests
                         and experiments) (Open) (JJB/MTM)

                         2.1) Remarks by the Subcommittee Chairman
                         2.2) Briefing by and discussions with representatives of the NRC
                              staff regarding the status of the proposed final revision to 10
                              CFR 50.59 and related matters.

                         Representatives of the nuclear industry will provide their views, as
                         appropriate.

     10:15 - 10:30 A.M.  ***BREAK***


3)   10:30 - 12:00 Noon  Proposed Improvements to the NRC Inspection and Assessment
                         Programs (Open) (JJB/PAB)

                         3.1) Remarks by the Subcommittee Chairman
                         3.2) Briefing by and discussions with representatives of the NRC
                              staff regarding proposed improvements to the NRC Inspection
                              and Assessment Programs, including initiatives related to
                              development of performance indicators and a risk-based
                              inspection program.

                         Representatives of the nuclear industry will provide their views, as
                         appropriate.

     12:00 - 1:00 P.M.   ***LUNCH***


4)    1:00 - 2:30 P.M.   Meeting with the NRC Commissioners, Commissioners' Conference
                         Room, One White Flint North (Open)
                         Meeting with the NRC Commissioners to discuss the following items:

                         4.1(a) Proposed (Near-Term) Revision  to 10 CFR 50.59 (Changes,
                                   tests and experiments) (JJB/MTM)

                               (b) Proposal for the Development of a Risk-Informed Framework for
                                   10 CFR 50.59 (GA/MTM)

                            4.2) Options to Make 10 CFR Part 50 Risk Informed (TSK/NFD)

                            4.3) Proposed Rulemaking on the Use of Revised Source Term
                                 (TSK/PAB)

                            4.4) Status of ACRS Activities Associated with License Renewal
                                 (MHF/MME)

                            4.5) Impact of PRA Results and Insights on the Regulatory System*
                                 (GA/MTM)

                            4.6) Elevation of CDF to a Fundamental Safety Goal and Possible
                                 Revision of the Commission's Safety Goal Policy Statement*
                                 (GA/TSK/MTM)

                            4.7) NRC Safety Research Program* (REU/MME)

                         [*Time permitting, these items will be discussed]


      2:30 -   3:00 P.M. ***BREAK***


5)    3:00 -   7:00 P.M. Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)
                            Discussion of proposed ACRS reports on:

                         5.1) Proposed Improvements to the NRC Inspection and Assessment
                              Programs (JJB/PAB)

                         5.2) The Role of Frequency-Consequence Curves in Risk-Informed
                              Decisionmaking (TSK/GA/MTM)

                         5.3) NRC Safety Research Program (REU/MME)


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1999, CONFERENCE ROOM 2B3, TWO WHITE FLINT NORTH, ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND

6) 8:30 - 8:35 A.M. Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman (Open) (DAP/SD) 7) 8:35 - 10:00 A.M. Proposed Final Revision to 10 CFR 50.65 (a)(3) of the Maintenance Rule (Open) (WJS/AS) 7.1) Remarks by the cognizant ACRS Member 7.2) Briefing by and discussions with representatives of the NRC staff and the Nuclear Energy Institute regarding the proposed final revision to the Maintenance Rule, which would require the licensees to perform safety assessments prior to performing maintenance activities. 10:00 - 10:15 A.M. ***BREAK*** 8) 10:15 - 11:45 A.M. SECY-98-244, NRC Human Performance Plan (Open) (GA/NFD) 8.1) Remarks by the Subcommittee Chairman 8.2) Briefing by and discussions with representatives of the NRC staff regarding the NRC Human Performance Plan. 11:45 - 12:45 P.M. ***LUNCH*** 9) 12:45 - 2:15 P.M. Proposed Resolution of Generic Safety Issue (GSI) B-61, Allowable ECCS Equipment Outage Periods (Open) (RLS/AS/DTD) 9.1) Remarks by the cognizant ACRS Member 9.2) Briefing by and discussions with representatives of the NRC staff regarding the proposed resolution of GSI B-61. Representatives of the nuclear industry will provide their views, as appropriate. 2:15 - 2:30 P.M. ***BREAK*** 10) 2:30 - 4:00 P.M. Fire Protection Issues (Open) (DAP/AS) 10.1) Remarks by the Subcommittee Chairman 10.2) Briefing by and discussions with representatives of the NRC staff regarding fire protection issues, including the draft NFPA-805 fire protection standard and proposed outline for a regulatory guide on fire protection. Representatives of the nuclear industry and other interested parties will provide their views, as appropriate. 4:00 - 4:15 P.M. ***BREAK*** 11) 4:15 - 7:00 P.M. Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open) Discussion of proposed ACRS reports on: 11.1) Lessons Learned from the Review of the AP600 Design (TSK/NFD) 11.2) Proposed Final Revision to the Maintenance Rule (WJS/AS/MME) 11.3) NRC Human Performance Plan (GA/NFD) 11.4) NRC Safety Research Program (REU/MME) 11.5) Proposed Improvements to the NRC Inspection and Assessment Programs (JJB/PAB) 11.6) The Role of Frequency-Consequence Curves in Risk-Informed Decisionmaking (TSK/GA/MTM) 11.7) Proposed Resolution of GSI-B-61 (RLS/AS/DTD)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1999, CONFERENCE ROOM 2B3, TWO WHITE FLINT NORTH, ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND

12) 8:30 - 8:35 A.M. Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman (Open) (DAP/SD) 13) 8:35 - 9:00 A.M. Subcommittee Report (Open) (GBW/PAB) Report by the Chairman of the Thermal-Hydraulic Phenomena Subcommittee regarding matters discussed during the December 16-17, 1998 meeting. 14) 9:00 - 10:15 A.M. Follow-up Items Resulting from the ACRS Retreat (Open) (DAP/JTL) Discussion of follow-up items resulting from the January 27-29, 1999 ACRS retreat. 10:15 - 10:30 A.M. ***BREAK*** 15) 10:30 - 11:15 A.M. Report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee (Open/Closed) (DAP/JTL) Report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee on matters related to the conduct of ACRS business, and organizational and personnel matters relating to the ACRS. [Note: A portion of this session may be closed to discuss organizational and personnel matters that relate solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of this Advisory Committee, and information the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.] 16) 11:15 - 12:00 Noon Future ACRS Activities (Open) (DAP/JTL/SD) Discussion of the recommendations of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee regarding items proposed for consideration by the full Committee during future meetings. 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. ***LUNCH*** 17) 1:00 - 1:30 P.M. Reconciliation of ACRS Comments and Recommendations (Open) (DAP, et al./SD, et al.) Discussion of the responses from the NRC Executive Director for Operations to comments and recommendations included in recent ACRS reports and letters. 18) 1:30 - 7:00 P.M. Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open) Continue discussion of proposed ACRS reports on: 18.1) Draft NFPA-805 Standard on Fire Protection (DAP/AS/DTD) 18.2) Proposed outline for Regulatory Guide on Fire Protection (DAP/AS/DTD) 18.3) Lessons Learned from the Review of the AP600 Design (TSK/NFD) 18.4) Proposed Final Revision to the Maintenance Rule (WJS/AS/MME) 18.5) NRC Human Performance Plan (GA/NFD) 18.6) NRC Safety Research Program (REU/MME) 18.7) Proposed Improvements to the NRC Inspection and Assessment Programs (JJB/PAB) 18.8) The Role of Frequency-Consequence Curves in Risk-Informed Decisionmaking (TSK/GA/MTM) 18.9) Proposed Resolution of GSI-B-61 (RLS/SD/DTD)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1999, CONFERENCE ROOM 2B3, TWO WHITE FLINT NORTH, ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND

19) 8:30 - 12:00 Noon Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open) Continue discussion of proposed ACRS reports listed under Item 18. 20) 12:00 - 12:30 P.M. Miscellaneous (Open) (DAP/JTL/SD) Discussion of matters related to the conduct of Committee activities and matters and specific issues that were not completed during previous meetings, as time and availability of information permit. NOTE: Presentation time should not exceed 50 percent of the total time allocated for a specific item. The remaining 50 percent of the time is reserved for discussion. Number of copies of the presentation materials to be provided to the ACRS - 35.
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